Monday, August 13, 2012

Non-Toxic Crib Mattress Options

Lullaby Earth and Naturepedic non-toxic
crib mattresses at Peapods
We've recently updated our selection of non-toxic crib mattresses and are now stocking four unique options. We believe that two issues are important when selecting a crib mattress: waterproofing and fireproofing

First, it's important to keep a crib mattress dry to prevent stains, smells, and mildew. Mildew spores in particular can pose a health risk to a young baby. Choose either a waterproof mattress or a washable waterproof cover. In either case, the cover should be PVC-free and should not offgas.

Second, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission requires all mattresses to meet stringent fireproofing standards, a requirement that most manufacturers meet by using boron, boric acid, and/or antimony. These chemicals can pose a health risk to babies and should be avoided. Look for a mattress that uses less toxic materials such as wool, baking soda, or hydrated silica.  

Our non-toxic crib mattress options:

Weighing only 7 lbs, the Lullaby Earth crib mattress is super lightweight. The core and cover is 100% food-grade polyethylene (recyclable PE and PETE). It does not have steel springs. This makes it a breeze to change the sheets, especially with the recent US ban on drop side cribs. Fire protection is achieved with hydrated silica, a harmless natural mineral commonly used in toothpaste. Available as a standard crib mattress or as a two-stage infant and toddler mattress. Made in USA.

Naturepedic Quilted Organic Deluxe Crib Mattress

A luxurious non-waterproof organic baby crib and toddler mattress. It is made with organic cotton quilted batting over a firm 252-count coil innerspring.  Does not contain wool or latex or other high allergy materials. Naturepedic's fire protection system uses baking soda and hydrated silica permanently bonded to cellulose. We recommend using a quality waterproof cover with this mattress. Made in the USA.

Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Crib Mattress
Similar to the Naturepedic Quilted Organic mattress, above, but with a built-in polyethylene waterproof cover. The cover provides the ultimate non-toxic and stain resistant waterproof surface that also keeps dust mites out. 150 spring coils provide plenty of even support. Also fireproofed with baking soda and hydrated silica. Made in USA.

As always, stop in to the store to see these mattresses in person along with cut-outs to show what they look like inside. Or, read more on the crib mattress page of our website.

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